One of those that wouldn't make it 25 laps into the race would be the race's early leader. Hawthorn would hold onto the lead of the race over his teammate Brooks throughout the first 15 laps of the race. However, both of the BRM drivers would begin to suffer different kinds of maladies that would cause them to drop down the order until Hawthorn would be totally out after 24 laps with an oil leak. Brooks would have a much more dramatic and dangerous exit as the throttle would stick open on his BRM causing him to crash heavily. The car would erupt into flames and Brooks would be hurt in the accident, but it would not be fatal.
All the goings on within the first-third of the race meant Gerard was running in 16th position by the 30th lap of the race. Unfortunately, the pace he was managing in the Cooper wasn't anywhere near that of the front-runners, and so, he would already be more than one lap behind the leaders by this point in time.
Moss had recovered from his poor start and used his superior pace around the circuit to retake the lead when Hawthorn began to fade from the picture. From the 16th lap onwards it was to be Moss absolutely dominating. The biggest surprise, however, would come in the form of the person running in the 2nd place position. In spite of the presence of Fangio, Collins, Castellotti and others, it would be Roy Salvadori in 2nd place. Salvadori would be truly inspiring as he would remain in 2nd place for more than 30 laps until his car ran into trouble and was also forced out of the race.
Just past the halfway mark of the race, Moss was still looking as dominant as ever. Salvadori had just dropped out of 2nd place, and so, it was now Fangio in that position with Collins running in 3rd place and de Portago in 4th. Gerard's unfortunate lack of power was coming to haunt him, however. In spite of all the attrition, he would still remain right around the 16th and 17th places in the running order as he just could not hold back others that had fallen behind him but that had the power to get by. A little more than 30 laps from the finish, it would be Gerard that would be running just ahead of Maurice Trintignant at the tail-end of the field. It was clear, if Gerard made it to the finish of the race it was quite likely he would not be classified in the results.
Things were getting interesting at the front of the field, however. Moss had been reeled in by Fangio and would quickly get by him for the lead of the race on the 69th lap when Moss pulled into the pits to have a misfire investigated. Collins would fall out of the running with oil pressure problems but would soon take over de Portago's Ferrari for the remainder of the race. It was very important for Collins to get back into the race given his lead in the championship and his record of two-straight victories coming into the race.
Fangio would be well in the lead of the race as Moss held onto 2nd place. Moss' pace had been so incredible that despite coming into the pits to have a misfire addressed he still remained in 2nd place. Gerard remained in the race as well. However, he would have more than his share of opportunities to see Fangio and Moss come by to put him another lap down. The Cooper-Bristol was still running strongly but it was clear it did not have the pace to battle with the newer Formula One machines in the field.
Heading into the final 10 laps of the race there would be just 12 cars still running and well out in front would be Fangio in the Lancia-Ferrari. Only about 25 miles from the finish the number of cars still running would be reduced by one when the gearbox in Moss' Maserati failed leaving him stranded after what had been a truly marvelous, and yet, bitterly disappointing race.
The cars continued to circulate with the final order all but decided. Fangio would come through Woodcote for the final time. Powering through the right-hander, Fangio would come streaking across the line to take the victory. The late misfortune suffered by Moss would enable Peter Collins to keep his championship hopes well and truly alive as he brought home de Portago's Ferrari in the 2nd place spot a little more than a lap behind Fangio. Another lap would be the difference back to Jean Behra finishing in the 3rd position.
Once again, Gerard would show his prowess behind the wheel of the Cooper-Bristol. While many others suffered from mechanical maladies and ended up out of the race, Gerard would push his car to its limits, but never beyond. As a result, he would come through to finish the race. Unfortunately, finishing last amongst those still running, Gerard would end up some 38 miles, or 13 laps, behind Fangio at the finish. Being so far behind, Gerard would finish but would not be classified in the official results.
After two 6th place performances in the British and Monaco Grand Prix in 1950, the best Gerard would manage to muster in the World Championship would be two 11th place finishes in the 1951 British and 1953 French Grand Prix. However, in the 1954 British Grand Prix, which was held at Silverstone, Gerard would come through to finish in 10th place. Not having competed in the 1955 World Championship at all, Gerard was to have the opportunity to return to Silverstone to try and improve upon that 10th place performance in the British Grand Prix. Unfortunately, he would be trying to improve with a car that had first made its appearance in 1953 and 1954. And it was this age of the car and the lack of power from the Bristol engine that made the difference causing Gerard not to be able to improve upon his past performances.
Racing for three hours as fast as he dared push the Cooper-Bristol was certain to take a toll on the older car. And, given his responsibilities at his garage, turning a car around quickly for another race would be rather difficult for Gerard.
He had asked a lot of his Cooper at Silverstone on the 14th of July. The Cooper responded by giving about all it could. Unfortunately, the next race of the season, a non-championship race held at Snetterton, would be just a week away.
On the 22nd of July, the Snetterton Motor Racing Circuit, another of the former Royal Air Force bases-turned motor racing circuits, was to host the 1st Vanwall Trophy race. This was a 15 lap event around the 2.70 mile Snetterton circuit. Sandwiched in between the British and German grand prix, the event would draw a very small entry list, but Gerard would be one of them that would be on the list.
This was a tall order for Gerard. And, unfortunately, it would prove too tall. In spite of all his talents as a garage owner and racer, he was limited in his resources and abilities to prepare a car in a week. As a result, Gerard would not make the trip to Snetterton and would look forward to his next race.
With the exception of the German and Italian Grand Prix, there were very few Formula One events remaining on the calendar in either Europe or England. If Gerard wanted to be busy all throughout the late summer and early fall then he would need to look into Formula 2 racing. Of course he remained quite active in Formula 3, and therefore, would be more than busy enough.
One of the non-championship races remaining on the calendar would take place in the tiny city of Caen, just across the Channel from England. However, Gerard was done with travelling outside of England to race, and therefore, would not even have an entry for that race. This would leave just one Formula One race on the calendar, at least outside of championship events.
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